2011 Toyota Sienna SE: And Another Thing
September 12, 2011
Perhaps you read last week's diatribe on why I prefer the Sienna's powertrain over the Odyssey's engine and transmission. Well, here's one more reason: The ability to pick the gear you want. As you can see above, it's only a tap away in the Sienna.
In the Odyssey (above) you can select L, which gives you some measure of control, but it's a far cry from the pick-your-own-gear setup in the Sienna. There's also the button on the side of the shifter (D4) to avoid overdrive gearing.
Also, lest this blog be free of controversy, I feel the need to point out that Toyota gets its shift logic wrong by using a push forward motion for upshifts. I'm not the only one who thinks so. Despite this, it's the superior setup.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor